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Exporting Perilous Pauline: Pearl White and the Serial Film Craze

Marina Dahlquist


Exceptionally popular during their time, the spectacular American action film serials of the 1910s featured exciting stunts, film tricks, and effects set against the background of modern technology, often starring resourceful female heroines who displayed traditionally male qualities such as endurance, strength, and authority. The most renowned of these “serial queens” was Pearl White, whose career as the adventurous character Pauline developed during a transitional phase in the medium's evolving production strategies, distribution and advertising patterns, and fan culture. This book explores ... More

Keywords: female heroines, stunts, fan culture, serial genre, American action films, marketing, Pearl White, cinema, serial queens, cultural reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037689
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marina Dahlquist, editor
Stockholm University